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Teaching Religious Education

Teaching Religious Education
Primary and Early Years

May 2008 | 176 pages | Learning Matters
Many trainee primary teachers are uncertain as to the place and purpose of RE in primary schools. This book is designed to alleviate such fears and give trainees the security and confidence to teach RE effectively. Trainees are encouraged to recognise their own religious position and understand how they handle their own beliefs and commitments in the classroom. In addition, they will learn how to be sensitive to children's religious viewpoints, allowing children to share their beliefs in a secure and supportive environment. A range of strategies help readers to provide engaging and appropriate RE across the primary age phase.
RE in England and Wales: the law, the curriculum and attainment targets
Encountering religion: issues and principles
Principles into practice
Literature, literacy and RE
Developing thinking skills in RE
The contribution of RE to children's personal and spiritual development and well-being
RE in the Early Years
Planning in RE
Assessment in RE
Appendix: Introductions to six world religions

"The book is very accessible for the non-specialist RE teacher. There is helpful guidance and some excellent practical advice"- Lecturer, University of Worcester

This book offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to teaching RE in the primary school. It is still relevant despite recent changes to the curriculum and will be a valuable resource to all primary education students.

Mrs Mandy Jane Pierlejewski
Esi , School of Education, Univ. of Manchester
September 23, 2015

Essential reading as part of Foundation Studies and to understand links between RE, SMSC, Equality and Diversity.

Miss Marilyn Kelly
Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
August 26, 2015

Excellent resource both for subject specialists and generalists alike.

Mrs Rhiannon Love
Teacher Development, Winchester University
May 21, 2015

An very useful book for those primary teachers hoping to become a coordinator. It gives good links to further readings and research.

Ms Jane Noble
Early years and primary, Institute of Education
November 8, 2013

This book covers everything a new teacher needs to know about teaching RE. It is easy to read, whilst still delivering information at a high enough level for students and teachers. The practical tasks are useful and thought provoking. This book is so supportive for anybody feeling a little daunted at the prospect of teaching RE as a non-specialist.

Mrs Lisa Jeffery
School of Education, Northampton University
February 20, 2013

This offers what all 'Achieving QTS' texts offer, a good overview of the subject (but in this instance one that quickly dates in some aspects as the regulations for Religious Education change). Religious Education in the early years is covered well, as is the major 'facts' concerning religion in the Appendix.

Mr Mark-Andrew Dearden
Faculty of Education, College of St Mark and St John
December 22, 2011

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